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  • A new world-class gallery for Victoria

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    The John and Myriam Wylie Foundation has donated $8 million to reopen the Library’s Russell Street entrance and transform the eastern end of the building with a new world-class exhibition gallery and state-of-the-art collaborative spaces, along with a vibrant cafe and retail area.

    The Victoria Gallery will focus on telling the state’s stories by showcasing the best of the Library’s collection along with items from other institutions and private collections.

    Find out more: http://vision2020.slv.vic.g... Show less
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  • Collection fishing Play all

    Find out more about some of our rare and surprising collection items.
    • 150 years of Beatrix Potter - Duration: 2 minutes, 32 seconds.

      • 5 months ago
      • 426 views
      Celebrating 150 years of the beloved author and illustrator, our Children's Research Librarian Dr Juliet O'Conor gives us a rare peek at some Beatrix Potter treasures held in our Children’s Litera...
    • Our recipe collection - Duration: 82 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      • 558 views
      Brown bread ice cream, anyone? We have an incredible archive of recipe books from the earliest days to the present.
    • The William Alma Magic Collection - Duration: 2 minutes, 7 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      • 1,192 views
    • The Library's first catalogue - Duration: 68 seconds.

      • 11 months ago
      • 314 views
      There were 3,846 books on our shelves when we first opened to the public 160 years ago. Now there are more than 8 million items in the State Collection.

      Find out more: http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/se...
    • The Irish Rising: 'A terrible beauty is born' - Duration: 2 minutes, 39 seconds.

      • 10 months ago
      • 768 views
      Explore the tumultuous days of Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising in this new display. Presented in partnership with the University of Melbourne, this commemorative display is complemented by a series of...
    • The trial and execution of a King - Duration: 3 minutes.

      • 11 months ago
      • 247 views
      The Library holds some of the earliest printed accounts of the trial and execution King Charles I. The pamphlets are part of the Emmerson collection, one of the great private libraries of early Eng...
    • Pop Culture - Duration: 2 minutes, 30 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      • 567 views
    • Artists' Books - Duration: 2 minutes, 35 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      • 1,867 views
      Join Des Cowley, State Library of Victoria's Rare Printed Collections Manager, as he shares highlights from our collection of artist's books.
    • Answering Inquiries - Duration: 2 minutes, 10 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      • 685 views
    • Mirror of the World - Duration: 14 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      • 446 views
      Mirror of the World is a permanent exhibition at the State Library. It showcases some our most precious and significant books, from a cuneiform tablet to great comics and zines.

      If you can't ma...
    • Discover your roots - Duration: 26 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      • 458 views
      One of the Library's great collection strengths is genealogy and family history. If you would like to have a go at writing a family history, or even just find out a bit more about where you've com...
    • The Cowen Gallery - Duration: 16 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      • 266 views
      The Cowen Gallery houses a permanent exhibition of oil paintings and portrait sculptures drawn from the Library's Pictures Collection. With a special focus on Victorian art and history, it tells t...
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  • Talks and lectures at the Library Play all

    From fashion and book design to art and animation. The Library runs an eclectic and inquisitive lecture program exploring collections, history and ideas.

    Find upcoming lectures at the Library here: http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/whats-on
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  • Meet our collections team Play all

    Our collections team uncover some of their favourite treasures.
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  • What's your story? Play all

    Stories are powerful things, and the Library is home to millions of different stories.

    Hear stories from fellow Victorians – some personal, some surprising, all of them unique.

    http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/whats-your-story
    • What's your story? - Duration: 2 minutes, 54 seconds.

      • 10 months ago
      • 227 views
      Watch tantalising snippets of stories from fellow Victorians in this playlist – some personal, some surprising, all of them unique.
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    • Abe's story: How the Library changed my life - Duration: 104 seconds.

      • 7 months ago
      • 227 views
      Poet Abe Nouk talks about how books and the Library changed his life.

      Abe was the 2015 Victorian Poetry Slam Champion for his moving spoken word piece about literacy. Watch his performance here:
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    • Rex's story - Duration: 60 seconds.

      • 10 months ago
      • 74 views
      Watch tantalising snippets of stories from fellow Victorians in this playlist – some personal, some surprising, all of them unique.
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    • Kaz's story - Duration: 2 minutes, 12 seconds.

      • 10 months ago
      • 127 views
      Watch tantalising snippets of stories from fellow Victorians in this playlist – some personal, some surprising, all of them unique.
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    • Sam's story - Duration: 107 seconds.

      • 10 months ago
      • 116 views
      Sam talks about the day when he learned of his father's death. Watch more stories from fellow Victorians in this playlist – some personal, some surprising, all of them unique.
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    • Genevieve's story - Duration: 109 seconds.

      • 10 months ago
      • 101 views
      Genevieve recalls the time when she won her dream job. Watch more stories from fellow Victorians in this playlist – some personal, some surprising, all of them unique.
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    • Ann's story - Duration: 69 seconds.

      • 10 months ago
      • 46 views
      Ann recalls an unexpected source of excitement during a recent road trip. Watch more stories from fellow Victorians in this playlist – some personal, some surprising, all of them unique.
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    • Mikelangelo's story - Duration: 2 minutes, 2 seconds.

      • 10 months ago
      • 51 views
      Mikelangelo recounts the experience of visiting his ancestral homeland for the first time. Watch more stories from fellow Victorians in this playlist – some personal, some surprising, all of them ...
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    • Marcia's story - Duration: 109 seconds.

      • 10 months ago
      • 32 views
      Marcia recounts a profoundly affecting experience that occurred a quarter of a century ago, in Cyprus. Watch more stories from fellow Victorians in this playlist – some personal, some surprising, ...
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    • Nicholas' story - Duration: 55 seconds.

      • 10 months ago
      • 49 views
      Nicholas offers a child's-eye perspective on Marvellous Melbourne. Watch more stories from fellow Victorians in this playlist – some personal, some surprising, all of them unique.
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    • Lynn's story - Duration: 48 seconds.

      • 10 months ago
      • 69 views
      Lynn talks about an occasion when she was overcome by patriotic fervour. Watch more stories from fellow Victorians in this playlist – some personal, some surprising, all of them unique.
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    • Masoud's story - Duration: 104 seconds.

      • 10 months ago
      • 80 views
      Masoud shares the lessons he learned from heartbreak. Watch more stories from fellow Victorians in this playlist – some personal, some surprising, all of them unique.
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